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Meaning & Definition of Decline in English

English

Decline

/dɪklaɪn/

noun

1. Change toward something smaller or lower

    synonym:
  • decline
  • ,
  • diminution

2. A condition inferior to an earlier condition

  • A gradual falling off from a better state
    synonym:
  • decline
  • ,
  • declination

3. A gradual decrease

  • As of stored charge or current
    synonym:
  • decay
  • ,
  • decline

4. A downward slope or bend

    synonym:
  • descent
  • ,
  • declivity
  • ,
  • fall
  • ,
  • decline
  • ,
  • declination
  • ,
  • declension
  • ,
  • downslope

verb

1. Grow worse

  • "Conditions in the slum worsened"
    synonym:
  • worsen
  • ,
  • decline

2. Refuse to accept

  • "He refused my offer of hospitality"
    synonym:
  • refuse
  • ,
  • reject
  • ,
  • pass up
  • ,
  • turn down
  • ,
  • decline

3. Show unwillingness towards

  • "He declined to join the group on a hike"
    synonym:
  • refuse
  • ,
  • decline

4. Grow smaller

  • "Interest in the project waned"
    synonym:
  • decline
  • ,
  • go down
  • ,
  • wane

5. Go down

  • "The roof declines here"
    synonym:
  • decline

6. Go down in value

  • "The stock market corrected"
  • "Prices slumped"
    synonym:
  • decline
  • ,
  • slump
  • ,
  • correct

7. Inflect for number, gender, case, etc., "in many languages, speakers decline nouns, pronouns, and adjectives"

    synonym:
  • decline

Examples of using

It is very impolite of her to decline our invitation.
It is very impolite of her to decline my invitation.
She tried to persuade him not to decline the offer.